Mike Trout has some high praise for Max Scherzer.
Trout talked with Brooks Koepka on Nike Golf’s Instagram page Sunday. Koepka asked the Los Angeles Angels outfielder who the toughest pitcher he has faced is. Trout shouted out the Washington Nationals ace and even recalled an at-bat in the 2018 All-Star Game against Scherzer that he called one of his best.
(via @nikegolf/IG) pic.twitter.com/1hapGj5j9a
— MLB (@MLB) May 18, 2020
Trout has made eight straight All-Star Games and is a three-time AL MVP winner, with a career .305 batting average and 1.000 OPS.
There are some pitchers against whom Trout has had little success, such as Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-for-10) and Justin Verlander (5-for-40). Against Scherzer, Trout has gone 3-for-16 (.188) with a double, homer, no walks and 10 strikeouts.
As far as strikeouts-to-walks ratio, no pitcher has gotten the better of Trout more than Scherzer, so the numbers match up with what Trout says. And with three Cy Young Awards on his resume, Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in the game, and very worthy of having this honor from Trout.
Major League Baseball and several other sports leagues are exploring ways to begin or resume their seasons amid the coronavirus outbreak, and that may only be possible if players are willing to quarantine in a centralized location. Mike Trout doesn’t seem too thrilled about that idea.
In an interview with NBC Sports on Wednesday, Trout said he is anxious to start the season as soon as possible but expressed some concerns about being quarantined away from his family. One of the more personal ones for the Los Angeles Angels star is that his wife is pregnant with the couple’s first child.
.@miketrout wants MLB to come back soon as possible, but brings up a number of issues that would have to be worked out logistically before baseball returns in any fashion. #LunchTalkNBCSN pic.twitter.com/TdPfIVI8Jp
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 15, 2020
“What are you gonna do with family members? My wife is pregnant,” Trout said. “What am I gonna do when she goes into labor? Am I gonna have to quarantine for two weeks when I come back? Obviously, I can’t miss the birth of our first child. There’s a lot of red flags and a lot of questions. Obviously, we’d have to agree on it as players. I think the mentality is we want to get back as quickly as we can, but obviously it has to be realistic.”
Trout’s concerns are likely shared by many players across baseball and other sports. MLB has been discussing a plan where all teams would play games in the Phoenix area with players and staff living in relative isolation, and some players have reportedly scoffed at the idea.
If MLB is unable to play all or some of the 2020 season, player salaries will be prorated. That may not be an issue for someone with a massive contract like Trout’s, but there will be other players who don’t make as much who are itching to get back on the field and willing to do whatever it takes.
One of the nation’s top infectious disease experts laid out this week what it will take for sports to resume in the near future, and there would clearly be a lot of issues to sort through. With that will come a wide difference in opinions from players.
Mike Trout and his wife Jessica announced some wonderful news on Monday. The two shared that Jessica is pregnant and they are expecting their first child in August.
Both Mike and Jessica shared this great video compilation on Twitter that shows the day Jessica found out she was pregnant, their gender reveal, and the reactions of their loved ones finding out about the pregnancy.
Baby Trout due August 2020!!
I don’t even know where to begin….from seeing your heartbeat for the first time to seeing you dance around in mommy’s belly… we are truly blessed and this is only the beginning!! pic.twitter.com/e0gbiK8K5Y
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) March 3, 2020
Both Mike and Jessica added sweet notes on Twitter in response to their videos. Both wrote complimentary thoughts about their spouse.
To my sweet husband, I hope our son inherits your kind heart & genuine soul, because you truly amaze me everyday & I cannot wait to watch you become a father! I wouldn’t want to embark on this new adventure of becoming parents with anyone but YOU! #18weeks #Aug2020 #babyboy
— Jessica Tara Trout (@JessTara) March 3, 2020
Little man, you have the best mommy already and I can’t wait to be your dad! We are so humbled by this gift God has given us. We love you already, buddy!!
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) March 3, 2020
Trout turns 29 in August, which is when the baby is expected to be born.
Mike and Jessica have been together since high school and got married in December 2017.
We already knew that Mike Trout was special on the baseball field, but who knew he could also pulverize the ball on the golf course too?
The Angels shared a video on social media Sunday night that shows Trout absolutely destroying a golf ball while at Top Golf. Take a look:
Mike Trout hitting rockets isn’t exclusive to the baseball field. pic.twitter.com/tuEyIzxqQ5
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 2, 2020
Goodness gracious. That golf ball was a missile and looked like a rocket home run Trout hits. The ball started off low and was still rising, and looked like it was going to go over the Top Golf netting.
If Trout ever needs a side hustle, he could definitely enter those long drive contests.
What do you think between that golf swing and this home run?
— Big Mike (@OTTSBigMike) May 19, 2019
Mike Trout is not known as one of baseball’s more outspoken or controversial players, so it’s quite telling to hear him talk about the Houston Astros with such candor.
On Monday, Trout spoke about his thoughts on the Astros, saying he “lost respect” for their players and felt the punishments levied against the organization were not harsh enough.
Mike Trout on the Astros: “They cheated…I don’t agree with the punishment…I lost respect for some of those guys.”
“Going up to the plate knowing what’s coming…that would be a lot of fun.”
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) February 17, 2020
The Los Angeles Angels outfielder also joined the chorus of players who questioned Jose Altuve for not wanting his uniform ripped off after hitting a walk-off home run to clinch the 2019 ALCS, which has been at the heart of suspicion about the Astros using buzzers.
Mike Trout: “You can take my shirt off…if you hit a homer to send your team to the World Series at home, you can do whatever you want to me.”
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) February 17, 2020
Trout is the best player in the game and not really one to rock the boat. While he isn’t saying anything that hasn’t been said by others, for him to put the Astros scandal in these terms is quite stark, and illustrates the level of outrage among players right now. That outrage is now being directed toward commissioner Rob Manfred for what is quickly becoming viewed as a failure to administer suitable punishment to the players who were largely responsible for the scheme.
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are acting quickly to shut down any chatter about players receiving exemptions to take human growth hormone.
In a statement released Friday afternoon, the league and the union jointly stated that no player at any level has ever received a therapeutic use exemption to use HGH since the Joint Drug Prevention Program was instituted.
Neither Mike Trout nor any other player has a TUE for HGH, according to a joint statement from MLB and the PA pic.twitter.com/aN9QkFJgI4
— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) January 17, 2020
The statement doesn’t name Mike Trout, but it’s pretty obvious that it’s being released because of some completely frivolous accusations lobbied at the Angels star. Those allegations started when David Brosius, an ex-Mariners coach and son of former player Scott Brosius, claimed in a comment that Trout received an HGH exemption for a thyroid condition. The rumors gained fuel Friday when Yahoo Finance reporter Daniel Roberts quoted pitcher Trevor Bauer as saying that rumor was true, but players didn’t care about it. That claim — if Bauer even made it — was walked back via Roberts, though all of the reporter’s tweets on the subject have since been deleted. There isn’t any clear record of Bauer saying any of this, but that didn’t stop the chatter from spreading on Twitter Friday.
The trail of deleted tweets should tell you just how seriously these allegations should be taken. Twitter has gotten ridiculous with unfounded rumors and conspiracy theories in the past 48 hours in light of the Astros cheating scandal, and the site is fertile ground for anything to go viral even if there’s no degree of truth to it. This one was definitely fake, and we now have the official word on the subject so we can put it to bed.
Mike Trout sees what his Angels are doing.
The Los Angeles Angels agreed to a 7-year, $245 million contract with Anthony Rendon on Wednesday night. After news of the deal emerged, Trout tweeted his reaction — the eyes emoji.
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) December 12, 2019
Trout isn’t ready to start celebrating yet, as this appears to be the beginning of an offseason of changes for his team.
Trout has only been to the playoffs once despite being the best player in baseball over the last eight years. He still signed a monster $430 million extension with the team and is committed to them long term. He’s put a lot of trust into the front office regarding their ability to build a winner, and he’s looking for results. The Rendon addition will help them build a contender, but they still have a lot of work to do to improve their weak pitching.